Construction may still be under way at Brownwood High School, but in the long-standing tradition of theater, the show will go on.
And the drama department at Brownwood High School is doing everything it can to assist members of the “M*A*S*H” audience who may find getting to the new theater inside the Dorothy McIntosh Fine Arts Center a challenge.
“We want everyone to know that the best place to park is the lot off 10th Street across from First United Methodist Church,” Donnetta Shelton, high school teacher, said Wednesday. “And we’ll have students with flashlights available to assist people from their cars to the theater and then back to the parking lot.”
Shelton said the drama department doesn’t want potential audience members to decide not to attend because of questions about parking or the best location to enter.
The first performance staged at the renovated theater — part of the bond package approved by voters in 2005 — opened Monday night under the direction of faculty adviser Larry Mathis, director of speech, theater and drama at BHS. The “M*A*S*H” stage play written by Tim Kelly and published by Dramatic Publishing Company features some — but not all — of the characters made famous by the movie and television show of the same name.
The stage play M*A*S*H — which stands for “Mobile Army Surgical Hospital” takes places in Korea in the early 1950s just like the movie and television show. But the plot of the play differs from the movie. Captains Pierce and Forrest, known as Hawkeye and Duke, begin a scheme to get a young Korean to the United States so he can get a good education.
Three “M*A*S*H” performances remain, at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Tickets for all performances are available from any cast member or may be purchased at the door.
Cast members include Alex Figueroa as Lt. Col. Henry Braymore Blake; Haley Blanton as Capt. Bridget McCarthy; Chelsey Revay as Lt. Janice Fury; Adam Owens as Sgt. Devine; Shannon Brisco as Lt. Louise Kimble; Scott Lindsey as Capt. Frank Burns; John Paul Hernandez as Father John Patrick Mulcahy; Victor Valenzuela as Capt. Walter Waldowski; Toby Mathis as Capt. John Black (Ugly); and Chris Wozniak as Cpl. “Radar” O’Reilly.
Benjamin Shero has the part of Capt. Benjamin Franklin Pierce (Hawkeye) and Charles Manning plays the part of Capt. Augustus Bedford Forrest (Duke). Others include Maitreyee Nigalye as Ho-Jon; Lindsey Brooks as Pvt. Lopez; Karson Haley as Lt. Nancy Phillips; Rachel Taylor as Maj. Margaret Houlihan (Hot Lips); Hannah Sharp as Congresswoman Goldfarb; Megan Green as Dean Mercy Lodge; Estrella Valenzuela as Miss Randazzle; and Holly Hawkins, Sarah Savell and Ellie Rmeili as Mitzi, Fritzi and Agnes. Megan Aust plays the part of Lt. Connie Liebowitz. Scott Funderburg is Capt. Oliver Wendell Jones (Spearchucker) and Ashton Holden is Maj. Ruth Haskell. The Koreans are played by Phoenix Solis, Kirsten Wooten, Kerri Jones, Dana Hernandez, Kelci Maxwell and Calli Dunaway. Jalisa Hall, Jessica Jordan and Juliya Tharp have the nurses’ roles.
Marcus Masqueda is in charge of lights and Matthew Roddam is in charge of sound.